The Four Times
, excellent! An incredible film I had the good fortune to catch in theaters in a "blind watch" that blew me away.
Ah, Winter's Bone
. Remember when we were all like, "damn, that lead actress whatshername was good
. Hollywood should cast her in more stuff." Also, John Hawkes is truly the Daniel Day Lewis of supporting/character actors.
@OldAle1 - The Lord of the Rings definitely changed quite a bit from the books. Perhaps it wasn't as big a deal for me having read the books the first time around when the movies came out (before? during? right after? I forget) so I didn't have a chance to picture a movie in my head from the book. So while I see the book as the superior version of the story (and written in such a beautiful and poetic way it deserves to be counted among the literary greats, snobs be damned) I don't begrudge most of the changes. In fact, I'd argue with as many endings as The Return of the King had, the Scouring of the Shire would have been one extra climax too many.
The Lord of the Rings may have been made with blockbuster money, but in those films, especially the first one, Peter Jackson preserved a sort of indie sensibility to his filmmaking, a kind of bold weirdness you never see in blockbusters, ever. Slow shutter shots, the "Vertigo
" dolly zoom, and wildly expressionistic touches in use of close ups and sound design are some I remember. The first Hobbit
(I haven't seen the others), on the other hand, looked like it could have been made by literally anyone.